December 25, 2013

Christmas 2013

All is well here, with my eldest at home. The Santa tradition was fun when it was in this home, but the tradition we have now, is even nicer.

With everyone understanding, the kids are very involved. They're constantly thinking of each other and thinking of us. Trips are made to shop for that one gift for that one person, websites are shared, and laughter fills the house.

Bones got Ringo a Steelers Santa hat since he loves the Steelers. It was worn all day. I'm finding of my three kids, he's the one that is constantly mulling over what to get everyone. Most of his gifts are quirky, but thoughtful. We always grin.

They help me wrap now. They help me shop for their cousins. Last night, after Christmas Eve dinner, my husband and I completely beat to hell, they picked up the tape and wrapping paper and started to help us wrap. No questions.

I've not done my Christmas cards yet. I can't get motivated to write. I'm trying. I've written and rewritten and I suspect they'll get out for the New Year. I've yet to take our Christmas photo.

Tired. I'm just tired. The hours at work, the constant stress... I'm just tired. So you start looking around and thinking, "Do I REALLY need to do that? Really?" And sometimes the answer is... No. Not really.

And I've been thinking a lot... thinking about the State of the World, of our Nation.

I was alone in my thoughts last night, finishing my wrapping when I wondered if Christ would have thought he made a difference. He came into this world when things were barbaric and change was needed. He gave hope to many. Being the person he was, by being him, he was able to change the mindset of many, revolutionizing (with some extremist bad thrown in there as well at points in Christian History) the thoughts of large quantities of people lasts even today.

Because of Him, so many are in a better place, living better lives, trying to be better people.

But I wonder if He would have thought... it mattered. Are we in a better place?

Sometimes I wonder if we are at a worse point that anyone could have imagined. I don't know.

Just some things I've been pondering as of late.

On a happier note, as it is Christmas, when you have a son in college, sometimes their gifts are fun and crazy. My son and his roommate in college had this picture taken for the mothers on Christmas Eve. Evidently, they brought a cigar for Santa too, but he told them he couldn't.

This cracked me up.

Ringo Christmas 2013.jpg

From the House of Boudicca... to yours. Merry Christmas and may the next year, bring you many blessings and thoughts of thanks.

Posted by Boudicca at December 25, 2013 10:35 PM

Merry Christmas! Wishing the same for you, always.

Posted by: pam at December 26, 2013 08:31 AM

Merry Christmas

Posted by: vwbug at December 26, 2013 11:10 AM

That photo is awesome!! Laughter and time with the family is the best gift of all . . .

I completely understand your musings regarding what Christ would/is? thinking now. You are not alone in that thoughtful contemplation.

On another note . . . Once you posted about your reindeer antlers, I started seeing them everywhere! Kept waiting for one to go flying . . closest one came was the mistletoe tinsel thing attached to each, whipping about in the breeze, and about to come loose . .and in WY (while driving back from my parents ranch) breeze = 35+ mph winds! ;-)

Posted by: Nina at December 26, 2013 02:10 PM

I LOVE the photo!

Posted by: PeggyU at December 26, 2013 04:21 PM

I love your Christmas card, but it will take some explaining about where the other two boys are.

You will note that that is NOT me in the middle even if my girth is approaching that. I am not gray enough and by the time that I am, I will probably be bald.

Many people here in the great white north are still without power from last weekend's ice storm. The current outages follow a line from Plainwell through Lansing to Flint. Right now 55,000 people across Michigan are without power.

Consumers Power Outage Map

We only lost power for three hours on Monday so that the trees could be trimmed off of the lines.

That was after a minor explosion Sunday night where an icy tree limb grounded one of the primary lines, blowing up the tree limb.

It occurred on the other side of our street, but the fireball was so big, we though it was in our backyard.

Posted by: The Thomas at December 26, 2013 10:26 PM

Thank you, Pam, and to you all as well!

VW- I know your boys had a blast. I can't wait to hear about it!

Nina- Geez. If we did not laugh, we'd go insane here. And not in a good way. Oh and my eldest son is telling me that he is seeing reindeer antlers everywhere on SUVs of my color in particular. I had a guy stop me in a parking lot on Christmas Eve and say, "Your car, it is very Chic with those horns." He had a French accent (for real) and cracked me up.

Peggy- Very collegiate! ;-)

Thomas- I had no idea you all were STILL without power in parts of that area! Holy crap! It's bad in the summer after a hurricane, but it's flat dangerous in that cold weather.

Posted by: Bou at December 26, 2013 10:42 PM